Join Umoja Choir, 2018 New American Unrestricted Artist Grant recipient, for a one-of-a-kind glimpse into their making process during an open rehearsal Saturday, October 13th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Participants will see firsthand how this exceptional choir crafts arrangements and prepares for performances. St. Paul United Methodist Church, where the choir rehearses regularly, will open its doors to those who want to gain a better understanding of the choir and its community-centered approach to creating work that’s moving, joyous, and exhilarating. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP to attend.
About Umoja Choir: When Dieudonne Manirakiza and and Eric Esron resettled in Omaha in 2010, they started the Burundian Choir as a creative outlet for children in their community. As more and more refugees from East Africa began settling in Omaha, they changed the name to Umoja Choir, which means "unity" in Swahili, a common language to many of these countries. Born out of a desire for connections and community and as a way to channel energy and creativity for people of all ages, the Umoja Choir continues to grow, having performed a Tiny Desk Concert in Washington, D.C., background vocals on a Mynabirds record, and during a TED talk in 2017. The choir is currently working to record their first album.
About Omaha Creative Institute: Omaha Creative Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide artists with the training and opportunities they need to thrive as artists. We do this by providing professional development, offering grants to individual artists, and connecting artists and patrons. The Artists Grants Program is designed to give artists the chance to experiment and create new work, develop new audiences, and exhibit outside the confines of larger institutional systems. By recognizing and awarding financial support to exceptional artists in the region, OCI seeks to empower artists, advance their careers, and diversify the landscape of arts and culture in Omaha, enhancing the city’s profile as a place where artists can live and work. This program is made possible with support from The Pape Family Foundation and Annette and Paul Smith.